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Bello Cando Impression

The musical territory explored by this CD lies between folk tunes on the hand, and dance rhythms on the other. Under the hand's of Daniel Brel these take on a new life in the traditiona of art music, giving us the three different styles composed and arranged by him which can be heard in this programme:

Traditional tangos from the first half of the 20th century:

[1] "tango" * Oswaldo Pugliese
[2] "el Cavalero" * Marcel Feijoo

Original compositions

[3] "du côté de l'écluse" Daniel Brel
[4] "le petit train" Daniel Brel

[5] "éveil" Daniel Brel
[6] "berceuse liturgique" Daniel Brel
[7] "prière" Daniel Brel
[8] "impression" Daniel Brel
[9] "éternelle jeunesse" Daniel Brel

Argentinian and Uruguayan music from the 20 th century

[10] "Maria" * AnibalTroilo / "Nunca tuvo novio" * Augustin Bardi
[11] "la cumparsita" * Matos Rodriguez
[12] "lo que vendra" * Astor Piazzolla

*arrangement: Daniel Brel

The history of the bandonion:

The ancestor of the bandonion, the symphonium, was born in England around 1825. It was a kind of mouth organ or harmonica with buttons, an elongated box containing free reeds which one blew into. The Victorian inventor, Sir Charles Wheatstone (1802-1875) patented a model with the characteristic squeeze-box bellows in 1829 and called it "the concertina". At about the same time, the ancestor of the accordion was born in Vienna.

Heinrich Band (1821-1860) became the father of the bandonion when he placed the bellows, and an air valve between two sound boxes, one for each hand. There is no keyboard (unlike the modern piano accordion) - merely buttons. And the left-hand buttons produce not chords, but single notes. To produce chords several buttons have to be pressed, but tenor and bass melodies are possible. Like the mouth organ, it is buit on the diatonic system, with one note when you push. Today the instrument has three octaves. Th name "bandonion" became definitive in 1856. The bandonion spread throughout Germany. It was perfected and used to accompany hymn singing in churches, but it was also used during processions as we can see in old photographs. To this day there are still associations of bandoneonists in Saxony, LOwer Saxony and Thuringia where the instrument was born.

However, it was Argentina which became the bandonion's new homeland. German immigrants introducted it during the latter half of 19th century. The first Argentinians to adopt it were Domingo Santa Cruz and Pedro Avilla, who interpreted the first tangos, known as milongas.

The most famous composer of tangos in the first half of the 20th century was Carlos Gardel (1890-1935), and the dominant personnality of the following period was, of course, Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)

The blending of these two instruments, the bandonion and the cello, is unique, giving a melodius eloquence close to that of the human voice. Together, they form a fraternel reconciliation.


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